Vincent Michael Mazzaro (pronounced "mah-ZAIR-oh")...Wife's name is Jakki...Is a 2005 graduate of Rutherford (NJ) High School, where he went 7-1 with a 0.27 ERA and 91 strikeouts as a senior.
2013 SEASON: Pitched exclusively in relief for the first time in his career and set career highs in appearances and wins...Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and made three scoreless appearances before being selected by Pittsburgh on 4/16...Made debut with Pirates on 4/18 vs. Atlanta and pitched a scoreless inning...Tossed 1.1 scoreless frames on 4/24 at Philadelphia and picked up his first National League win...Gave up season-high five hits and four runs in 1.0ip on 4/26 at St. Louis...Suffered first of two blown saves on 4/30 at Milwaukee; entered game with 8-7 lead in sixth inning and surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced...Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher in Pittsburgh's 4-3 walkoff victory vs. Milwaukee on 5/14...Made 12 straight scoreless appearances (career-best 19.1ip) from 5/4-6/5; streak was snapped after giving up back-to-back home runs to Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird in his second inning of work in Atlanta on 6/5...Did not give up a run in his first 16.0ip at PNC Park before surrendering a run in 1.0ip on 6/13 vs. San Francisco...Suffered first loss and was scored upon in second straight home game on 6/15 vs. Los Angeles (1.0ip/2er)...Suffered "walkoff" loss in Cincinnati on 6/19; pitched a scoreless 12th inning before giving up winning run in the 13th...Pitched 5.0 perfect innings of relief in 14-inning game on 6/30 vs. Milwaukee; the first Pirates reliever to do since Elmer Ponder in the first game of a DH at Philadelphia on July 23, 1919 (5.2ip)...Failed to record an out in his next outing on 7/4 vs. Philadelphia and suffered his second blown save...Struck out all three batters he faced on 7/7 at Chicago (NL)...Replaced the injured Jason Grilli and recorded the final out for his first Major League save on 7/22 at Washington...Made nine straight scoreless outings (13.2ip) from 7/28 thru 8/20...Won each of his final five decisions beginning on 6/26...Posted a 1.83 ERA (39.1ip/8er) in 29 games at PNC Park; was scored upon in just four of the 29 games...Produced a 0.91 ERA (49.1ip/5er) when he pitched more than 1.0 inning in a game...Went 1-for-6 at the plate; collected lone hit (single) off Milwaukee's Tyler Thornburg at PNC Park on 6/30.
2013 POSTSEASON: Made three scoreless appearances during the N.L.D.S. against St. Louis (1.2ip); pitched in all three of the losses.
Began season with Omaha (Royals' AAA)...Tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and struck out six batters in his first start on 4/6 vs. Albuquerque...Won his first decision in his sixth start as he allowed just one run over 7.0 innings at Nashville on 5/3...Was recalled by Kansas City on 5/8 and tossed a scoreless inning on 5/11 at Chicago (AL)...Made his first of six starts with the Royals on 5/15 at Texas and earned the win...Was optioned to Omaha on 5/17 and went 1-0 in two starts before being recalled a second time on 5/28...Won three of his first four starts with Kansas City and went 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA (21.0ip/6er) in his first five games - his loss in that span came at Pittsburgh on 6/9...Recorded his first Major League hit and RBI at Pittsburgh on 6/9 with a single off James McDonald...Tossed a season-high 6.0 innings on two occasions; 6/3 vs. Oakland and 6/15 at St. Louis...Was optioned to Omaha on 7/3...Recorded first professional save on 7/13 vs. Iowa...Was recalled a third time by Kansas City on 7/17...Was optioned back to Omaha on 7/19 and allowed just one earned run in his last 12 Triple-A appearances (13.1ip - 0.69 ERA)...Posted a 2-0 record and a 4.40 ERA (47.0ip/23er) in eight starts with Omaha and went 0-2 with a 1.80 ERA (20.0ip/4er) and five saves (six opportunities) in 14 relief appearances...Was recalled a final time by Kansas City on 8/27 and made his final 10 appearances with the Royals in relief (14.0ip/9er)...Went 3-3 with a 6.41 ERA (26.2ip/19er) in six starts with Kansas City and 1-0 with a 4.67 ERA (17.1ip/9er) in 12 relief appearances.
Vin was initially named the fifth starter out of spring training, but opened the year with Omaha due to off days ... made his Royals debut on May 11 in New York (ND, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). ... Allowed 14 runs in 2.1 innings of relief on May 16 vs. Cleveland, becoming the first pitcher since 1900 to allow that many runs in less than 3.0 innings ... the 14 runs is a Royals record for a pitcher.
Opened the campaign with Sacramento (AAA), but had three stints with Oakland and improved his ERA from
5.32 in his rookie season of 2009 to 4.27.
...Was 5-8 with a 4.29 ERA in 18 starts and 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in six relief appearances.
...Thrived against A.L. Central opponents, going 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA in nine games, including six starts.
...After a tough start to his season, posting a 5.40 ERA in 3 May appearances, he recorded ERA's of 3.90, 3.78
and 4.08 in June, July and August.
The 22-year old rookie began the season at Triple-A Sacramento but made 17 starts for the A's before
a shoulder injury ended his season early...was 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 10 games, nine starts, with the
River Cats before he was promoted to Oakland June 2...went 4-9 with a 5.32 ERA with the A's and made
his final start Aug. 29...was eventually placed on the 60-day disabled list Sept. 18 retroactive to Sept. 8
with right shoulder tendinitis...allowed a .319 batting average, including .316 (50 for 158) against righthanded
hitters and .321 (70 for 218) against left-handers...yielded eight of his 12 home runs and issued
27 of his 39 walks to lefties...also had 40 of his 59 strikeouts against lefties...his opponents average
dropped to .250 with runners in scoring position, including .133 with RISP and two outs...allowed a
.267 average over his first 30 pitches in a game and .338 after that...received run support of three runs
or less in 14 of his 17 starts and his season run support of 3.55 was second lowest among American
League pitchers with 90 or more innings pitched (Jakubauskas, SEA 3.19 in 93.0 ip)...went 0-8 in 11
starts with run support of two runs or less and 4-1 with support of three runs or more...was 2-5 with a
3.59 ERA and .265 opponents batting average in eight starts before the All-Star Break and 2-4 with a
7.21 ERA and .369 opponents batting average in nine starts after the break...was 1-4 with a 4.21 ERA in
seven starts on five days rest or more and 3-5 with a 6.05 ERA in 10 starts on four days rest...had a .245
opponents batting average and allowed one home run with two outs, compared to .350 with 11 home
runs with less than two outs...opponents batted .337 with a .412 on-base percentage when leading off an
inning...yielded a .457 batting average to the opponents number nine hitter...the A's were 6-11 (.353) in
his starting assignments...tossed more than six innings in just two of his 17 starts and those were the first
two starts of his career...has tossed 6.0 innings or less in each of his last 15 starts, which is the longest
streak by a starting pitcher in Oakland history, topping the previous mark of 14 held by five pitchers...
allowed two runs or fewer just four times and walked two batters or fewer 10 times.
Spent most of the season at Double-A Midland but was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento Aug. 3
and combined for a 15-6 record and a 2.74 ERA in 28 games, 27 starts...the win total tied for fifth most
in all of minor league baseball and he also tied for seventh in hit batters (16) and ranked 13th in innings
pitched (171.0)...led the A's farm system in wins and innings pitched, ranked second in ERA and was
third in strikeouts (131)...was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year after going 12-3 with a league
leading 1.90 ERA in 22 starts for the RockHounds...also topped the circuit in wins, winning percentage
(.800), opponents batting average (.229) and fewest base runners per nine innings (10.62)...had the
fourth fewest walks per nine innings (2.36)...was also named to the TL Postseason All-Star Team and
the Topps and Baseball America Double-A All-Star Teams...was named the fourth best prospect in the
Texas League and the eight best prospect in the A's organization by Baseball America...combined at
both stops to allow just six home runs in 171.0 innings, an average of one per 28.5 innings...opponents
batted .253, including .244 by right-handed hitters and .272 by left-handers...five of his six home runs
were hit by righties...allowed a .329 average to batters leading off an inning...his teams were a combined
17-10 (.630) in his starting assignments...tossed six or more innings in 19 of his 27 starting assignments,
allowed two runs or fewer 19 times and walked two batters or fewer 21 times...led Midland
in wins and innings (137.1) and tied for second in games started...allowed just three home runs in 137.1
innings and opponents hit .229...including .173 with runners in scoring position...was 7-1 with a 1.17
ERA in 11 starts on the road and did not allow a home run in 69.0 innings...allowed two home runs in a
loss April 26 against San Antonio but would not allow another home run until Aug. 16 against Tacoma
while pitching for Sacramento...had a 19-start, 121.0-inning, 506-batter homerless streak...struck out a
season high 11 in 6.2 innings in a no decision May 1 against Corpus Christi...then put together a fivegame
winning streak from May 6 to June 4 (1.88 ERA)...finished May with a 4-0 record and a 2.17 ERA
in six starts...then compiled a 1.65 ERA in five starts in June but was just 1-1...started for the South
All-Stars in the Texas League All-Star Game June 25 and retired the side in order (1.0 ip, 1 so)...had
his second five-game winning streak of the season when he went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA in six starts in the month of July...tossed a season high 8.0 shutout innings and struck out 10 while allowing just four hits
in a 6-0 win over Corpus Christi July 15...was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week, July 14-20,
after going 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts...did not walk a batter and struck out 15 in 14.0 innings...
was promoted to Sacramento Aug. 3 and was 3-3 with a 6.15 ERA in six games, five starts, with the
River Cats...allowed a .340 opponents batting average...his lone relief appearance came Aug. 26 when
he was the first pitcher in the resumption of the April 6 suspended game against Tacoma...was 1-0 with
a 3.97 ERA in two postseason starts for the River Cats (11.1 ip, 12 h, 6 r, 5 er, 8 bb, 7 so).
Was 9-12 with a 5.33 ERA in 28 starts for Single-A Stockton...tied for third in the California
League in losses and ranked fourth in walks (71)...led Stockton in nearly every category, including
wins, losses, starts, innings pitched (153.2) and strikeouts (115)...ranked third in the A's farm system
in innings, seventh in strikeouts and tied for eighth in wins...allowed a .271 opponents batting average,
which included .266 against left-handed hitters and .277 against right-handers...allowed just two home
runs in 301 at bats against lefties but right-handers hit 11 in 285 at bats...was 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA
and .224 opponents batting average in 13 starts at home and 5-9 with a 6.86 ERA and .312 opponents
batting average in 15 starts on the road...tossed at least six innings in 15 of his 28 starts, allowed two
runs or fewer 13 times and walked two batters or fewer 13 times...went 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and .188
opponents batting average in five starts in the month of April...then went 2-3 with a 9.27 ERA and .381
opponents batting average in five starts in May...struck out a season high 12 batters June 7 against High
Desert when he allowed one run on one hit and one walk in 7.0 innings...went 3-0 with a 4.55 ERA over
a six-start stretch from June 28 to July 25.
Made his professional debut with Single-A Kane County and was 9-9 with a 5.05 ERA in 24
starts...tied for the Cougars team lead in losses and ranked second in starts...tied for ninth in the A's
farm system in wins...allowed a .310 opponents batting average, which included .287 by right-handed
hitters and .346 by left-handers...was named the A's ninth best prospect by Baseball America entering
the season...was the winning pitcher in his debut April 7 against Quad Cities (5.0 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb,
2 so)...allowed a season high nine runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings May 4 against Fort Worth to run his
season record to 2-3 with a 7.24 ERA over his first six starts...then went 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA over his
next seven starts from May 9 to June 10...struck out a season high nine in a season high 8.0 innings for
his ninth win Aug. 6 against Peoria...was placed on the disabled list Aug. 25 with a sprained right ankle
and missed the remainder of the season.